Do you have acid reflux or digestion problems? Your underlying issue could be low stomach acid.
Why is stomach acid important? Stomach acid is often viewed as a bad thing, but it is actually critical to digesting and absorbing your food. Stomach acid helps:
Digest and absorb carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
Digest and absorb vitamins and minerals, such as zinc. Zinc is found in all of our tissues in the body and is fundamental to life processes (e.g., metabolizing fat and protein, immune system health, fertility and reproduction). Imagine if you are not able to absorb this critical nutrient because of low stomach acid!
Inhibit bacterial overgrowth, such as H. pylori.
Stimulate the release of enzymes from the pancreas into the small intestine, which are needed to help digest and absorb your food.
Some common signs/symptoms of low stomach acid include bloating, belching, trouble taking supplements, acid reflux, desire to skip breakfast, sleepy after meals, sense of fullness after meals, weak finger nails, feel better if you do not eat, undigested food in stool, stool difficult to pass, mucus in stool, excessive foul smelling gas, and/or stomach pain. Low stomach acid can even be related to distant signs/symptoms like sinus congestion, asthma, dark circles under eyes, and bad breath/body odors.
Many Americans are prescribed antacids, which further deplete stomach acid. This leads to nutrient deficiencies and thus health issues. Want to get off that antacid in a safe and effective way without having the rebound effect? Schedule a consultation with True Food and Wellness today to find out how and get started on your path to optimal health.